A 24 year old autistic man from Gwithian is just one of the hundreds of children and young adults with mental or physical illnesses, disabilities or emotional and behavioural problems whose lives have been transformed by the outstanding work being carried out by music therapists in Cornwall.
Research shows that music therapy can help people of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including autism, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, eating disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Downs syndrome and communication disorders.
“Music can touch emotions which often cannot be expressed in words and which sometimes prevent a full engagement with education – and life” explained music therapist Robin Bates. “In the
words of Ryan, a ten year old boy who is currently receiving music therapy: Music’s great; I can put my secrets in the music and it looks after them for me”.
One person who has benefited from the support provided by music therapists employed by Cornwall Council is Kyle Coleman who is autistic. Mum Caroline is full of praise for the work of the music therapists who have been working with her son. “Since Kyle has been receiving music therapy, doors have opened for him and he now embraces life with much more confidence, enthusiasm and trust” she said.
“Music therapy has not only facilitated Kyle’s affinity with music, but has developed him as an individual, allowing him to explore further avenues of musical expression”.
Visit Kyle’s website at kylecoleman.co.uk